Tuesday, September 12, 2017

President Trump's Top Security & Foreign Officials Present A Plan To Stop Iran (Update)

U.S. President Donald Trump waits to greet Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Newsweek: Tillerson, Mattis and McMaster Present Trump With Plan to Stop Iranian Aggression

President Donald Trump's top security and foreign policy officials have presented him with a plan to allow a more forceful response to Iranian aggression at home and abroad in the Middle East, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The proposal was given to Trump by his defense secretary, Jim Mattis, secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and national security adviser, H. R. McMaster, six current and former U.S. officials told the news agency.

Trump is considering the draft strategy, and it could be announced by the end of September.

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More News On President Trump's Top Security & Foreign Officials Presenting Him A Plan To Stop Iran

Report: Trump eyeing more aggressive response to Iran -- The Hill
Trump Eyes Getting More Hard-Hitting on Iran, Here's Why -- Sputnik International
Trump Considers More Aggressive Approach to Iran -- Iran Focus
Trump weighing more aggressive Iran strategy in Gulf -- The National
Trump considering more hawkish approach to Iran — report -- The Times of Israel


Anonymous said...

LOL. What aggression would that be?

Did they send armies to the other side of the planet to murder half a million Iraqis like 'Murica? Reference the Lancet.

Anonymous said...

I don't like Iran's current theocratic governmental system, but Iran in general just can't catch a break with the Western world's politicians or news media conglomerates.

Iran hasn't invaded anyone in about 300 years. Iran's democratic, secular Iranian government led by Prime Minister Mossadegh was overthrown by the British and American governments in the 1950s, in an oil grab. The US and UK replaced Iran's elected government with the brutal autocracy of the Shah.

Ayatollah Khomeini and his colleagues sheltered in the West during the Shah's reign. Countries like France and the UK were unusually tolerant of such Iranian exiles. Those exiles were not prohibited from returning to Iran in the late 1970s to establish a smothering theocracy. (Albeit, a theocracy that has loosened controls and become more tolerant in recent decades.)

Iran has the West to thank for encouraging Saddam Hussein to go to war with Iran. We've all seen the photos of Donald Rumsfeld smiling in one of his meetings with Saddam. Western nations (e.g., Germany) gave Iraq the facilities needed to produce chemical weapons, and helped Iraq build the Osirak nuclear reactor for Iraq's atomic weapons program (e.g., France). Many western nations (e.g., USA, France, UK) and Warsaw Pact countries (e.g., USSR) armed Iraq with the latest fighters, missiles, tanks, and so on. Iran suffered an estimated death toll of a millon soldiers and civilians. To put that in context for population size, it would be like the USA losing 5 million people.

When the Taliban dynamited ancient buddhist statues in Afghanistan, Iran's government was the first to complain. Iran reached out to the USA after 911, to help the US fight Islamic terrorism. (You wouldn't know it if you relied on US news media – but it's true, and international news outlets covered the story.) Iran's legislature guarantees seats to religious minorities (e.g., Jews). Iran has lost thousands of young men in Syria in the fight against ISIS. Iranians died defending the homes and lives of Shia, Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Yazidis, and others.

Iran is far from perfect, and I don't like its government at all: it censors, it restricts freedoms, it's not great at handling Iran's economy, and it meddles in Iranians' personal lives and religious observance. The Iranian government's behavior in the Salman Rushdie affair was inexcusable.

Yet, Iran has stuck to its neaclear commitments with the USA. It hasn't violated them, much to Trump's obvious annoyance. And Iran certainly isn't sending its navy to the coast of Florida, sending tanks into Mexico, or sending its air force to drop bombs on Canada. Between them, successive governments of countries like the UK, USA and Israel have invaded, attacked and devastated numerous countries in the Middle East and West Asia, cumulatively killing millions of people, mostly civilians.

So who's being aggressive?

opit said...

"Who's being aggressive ?" Shh. Don't be so logical. US sponsored internal terrorism in Iran has made tightening up on security a necessary evil. You can't afford to have government and military figures kidnapped by NATO / Mossad operatives. Even the Russians providing technical expertise running nuclear power plants have suffered assassination. Surrounded by US military, Iran lives in what is known as a "target rich environment" with foreign agents of violence readily at hand. But hey. The WMD armed UN Security Council has a hate on for their 'threat', just like North Korea. It is obviously irrelevant whatever they may do. Punitive actions will be taken on the basis of bullshit dreamed up about their possible actions.